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Running is a form of exercise that can be done at anytime and anywhere.

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An Overview of Running

For the majority of people, running is a way to keep fit as it can be done at any pace, over any distance. But at a competitive level there are many different distances for events, from the 100m to ultra-marathons, all of which require different training and techniques.

Running is for everyone. It is the perfect way to get active - it's free and you can start right outside your front door. Comfortable sports clothing and a suitable pair of trainers is all you need.

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport and Run Together believe running / jogging is for everyone and is most fun when shared with others. Try one of our group runs to find out for yourself...


Regular running can reduce your risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. It can also boost your mood and keep your weight under control. Running also helps to get rid of excessive adrenalin and other stress hormones, boosts your mood and keeps you fit.

To feel the full benefits, make sure you warm up, cool down and stretch, before and after every session. Exercise tips on how to do this can be found using the NHS exercise guide.


Running is free, you can do it anywhere!


If you are new to running, or you've not been active for a while, you may want to build your fitness levels gently by walking before you move on to running. Couch to 5K is a free nine-week running plan from NHS Change 4 Life especially designed for people who want to work on their fitness levels. Or if you prefer to run with friends RunTogether Leicester-shire & Rutland can help you find a beginners running group in your local area.


Running requires very little equipment, but a good pair of running shoes that suit your foot type will reduce the risk of injury.

Find Running Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

Jog Derbyshire

Thu, 28 May 2015

Derbyshire Sport's network of jogging groups, based all over Derbyshire, can help you get fitter & be more active by starting to jog regularly.

National Parks Week: 22-29 July

Tue, 23 Jul 2019

National Parks Week is the National Parks family's annual celebration of everything that is unique and wonderful about our 15 National Parks - Britain's breathing spaces.

Couch to 5K

The One You Couch to 5k app has been designed to get you off the couch and running in just 9 weeks.

National Governing Bodies

British Athletics

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0121 713 8400

England Athletics

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0121 347 6543
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Croft Church of England Primary School

Croft Church Of England Primary School is a small, family feel school who believe in a holistic approach to education so health and well being feature highly in our curriculum offer.

Ilkeston Joggers

Fun and friendly mixed ability jogging group in Ilkeston. Everyone welcome. It's FREE!

Minimum age is 12 years old supervised by an adult and 16 years old unsupervised.

Derby Joggers Mackworth

A fun and friendly intermediate group. All welcome!


Athlefun is a new athletics class for children aged between 6 and 13 using sportshall athletics equipment based on the principles of run, jump and throw. Please see website www.athlefun.co.uk

Allestree Aces Jog Derbyshire Group

We are a small friendly Jog Derbyshire Group from beginners to intermediate runners. For information on the group please contact Helen Treece directly.
The group normally run on a Monday at 6pm. But please be aware that times and days can change so do co

Howitt Primary Community School

Howitt is a larger than average Primary School with approximately 400 pupils. We are lucky to have our own purpose built Nursery so that children can learn here from an early age. In main school, there are 2 classes for each year group.

Sole Mates Matlock

A free community fitness group that meets on Tuesday & Thursday 6pm at the Whitworth Park.

Buxton Athletic Club Target 5K

Buxton Athletic Club’s Target 5k plan is aimed at complete beginners with little or no running experience or those who wish to get back into running after a long period away from the sport.

Mickleover Joggers

Friendly, all abilities Jogging Group. Safe routes around the Mickleover area.
Based at Mickleover Sports Club, Station Road, Mickleover.
We will also be running a Couch to 5k program, this costs £30 per person*

All About Jogging

Jog Derbyshire mixed ability group based in Heanor offering sessions catering for all abilities. Beginner's welcome.

Pride Joggers

Pride Joggers

Can't run a mile? Come and join us and we'll prove you can!

Mackworth Roadrunners Intermediates

Mackworth Roadrunners Intermediates

A fun and friendly intermediate group. All Welcome!

Alvaston Park Joggers Beginners

Alvaston Park Joggers Beginners

A fun and friendly Jogging Group

Jog Oakwood

Jog Oakwood

A fun and friendly beginners jogging group for all abilities.

Jog Oakwood Intermediates

Jog Oakwood Intermediates

A friendly jogging group for all abilities that would like to jog a bit further.

Springwood Joggers

Springwood Joggers

A fun and friendly group for beginners. Everyone welcome :-)

Derby JogFit Beginners Group

Derby JogFit Beginners Group

If you're determined to turn over a new leaf in 2019 – you want to feel healthier and better about yourself or lose a few pounds and make some new friends - then this could be the perfect start.

Mickleover Joggers

Mickleover Joggers

A fun and social jogging group open to all abilities and focusing on improving jogging.

Mickleover Joggers

Mickleover Joggers

A fun and social jogging group open to all abilities.

Couch to 5k

Couch to 5k

Join our Couch to 5K programme and you’ll be up and running in no time. Our friendly, qualified Coaches and Run Leaders will support you through a specifically designed beginners’ training programme.